AUS Open: Osaka books QF clash against Svitolina
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 22, 2019,
Jan 22, 2019, 0:47
"Anything that I can do to stay here a bit longer, I tried to do", said Osaka, who'd never been past the fourth round of a major before last year's U.S. Open, where she beat Serena Williams in the final. I mean, it's a difference of winning one or two matches. To get her mind back on track, she said later, she had to pretend like it didn't happen.
"I mean, I didn't really walk outside".
Until facing Halep, Williams had dropped a total of only nine games through three matches in the tournament.
The Australian Open will end on January 27. This time though, she struggled to get them back in play.
The 37-year-old Williams, chasing a record-extending eighth Melbourne title in the professional era, barely broke sweat on a sunny afternoon at Rod Laver Arena as she sent 20 winners flying past the 57th-ranked 18-year-old.
"Of course I'm happy with how I fought", Osaka told reporters after booking her second last 16 appearance in Melbourne after last year's run. "I'm such a fighter".
"I think that's why I laughed". It's definitely something that's innate.
"I have been working on [my mindset] for past two years, trying different things, different techniques, and trying to find what works for me".
The two Asian players clashed with a sporting spirit, with Osaka applauding a Hsieh victor early in the third set on her serve, while both were smiling in the last game that went Osaka's way. I also decided I wanted to do well too.
There are spots in the quarterfinals on the line for the winners of Monday's matches.
Pliskova made only three unforced errors during the 60-minute match in which she dominated Muguruza in their baseline duels. I finished in three good sets today.
"The Singapore week showed that I can be out there and winning tough matches. big matches", she said.
U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka overcame a frustrating first set and a tricky rival to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win over Hsieh Su-wei. It was all one-way from then on. "It was very hard because the sun was just burning my eyes when I was tossing the ball".
The pressure began to mount on Osaka after dropping that first set which visibly took a toll on her mentally. Aryna Sabalenka and Naomi Osaka are my favorite players on the WTA tour. The victory helped him become the first player from Greece to reach the quarter-finals at a major. "I didn't know what to do at a certain point but I just stuck in there".